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Major News and Events of 16 August 2012

What Happened on 16 August 2012

Exodus continues, bulk SMSed banned in southern states

Government on Friday has banned bulk SMSes for 15 days in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in a bid to control the panic which has led to exodus of thousands of people belonging to northeast from southern states. Parliament united to speak in support of people from the region and demanded that those spreading rumors be punished. People have left from Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, and Chennai. SMSes have been spreading panic that people belonging to the northeast region would be attacked after the Eid-ul-Fitr on Aug 20 to avenge the recent ethnic violence in Assam,which resulted in loss of lives of 74 people. 6000 students have fled to Guwahati from Bangalore by special trains and in the last three days 3,000 people have left Maharashtra.

$37 billion lost by not auctioning coal mines: Auditor

Rs.1.85 lakh crore ($37 billion) could have been added to India's exchequer if competitive bidding, rather than arbitrary allotment, was deployed as a process to give coal blocks away, as per the official auditor. When the finding was announced government dismissed the same saying it was erroneous while BJP demanded the resignation of PM. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), in its report tabled in parliament specified that the losses happened because there was a delay in  process of bringing transparency in the giving away of coal blocks. This process was to start in June 2004. In the meanwhile 194 net coal blocks, with aggregate of 44,440 million tonnes, were assigned to different government and private parties up to March 31, 2011. The report will now be presented to parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for detailed study. The senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi heads this committee. 

Court rejects anticipatory bail to Kanda

The Delhi High Court on Friday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Haryana's former minister Gopal Goyal Kanda. Kanda is accused of abetting the suicide of former flight attendant Geetika Sharma. Justice P.K. Bhasin said the anticipatory bail application was dismissed without going into the merits of the case on techincal grounds as it was not filed by Kanda but a person who claimed to be his brother.The court stated that Kanda "appears to be sitting comfortably somewhere without any apprehension of his arrest by the police and that circumstance also appears to be the reason for his not claiming anticipatory bail himself". 

Sensex closes 24 points higher

The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on  Friday closed 0.14 percent or 24.23 points higher compared to previous day's close at 17,657.21 points. It opened at 17,701.20 points and closed at 17,681.44 points, (provisional). In the intra-day trade the Sensex touched a high of 17,801.39 points and a low of 17,622.62 points.The BSE FMCG index rose up by 65.74 points, and the IT index by 58.69 points.The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) ended 0.08 percent higher at 5,367.05 points.The main Sensex gainers were Tata Motors, up 2.27 percent at Rs.240.80; ITC, up 1.53 percent at Rs.262.10; Infosys, up 1.52 percent at Rs.2,349.40; Wipro, up 1.39 percent at Rs.354.40; and Hindustan Unilever, up 1.31 percent at Rs.501.05. The major Sensex losers were Jindal Steel, down 4.19 percent at Rs.401.40; Tata Power, down 3.36 percent at Rs.97.70; Hindalco, down 2.52 percent at Rs.113.90; Gail India, down 1.79 percent at Rs.360.30; and Larsen and Toubro, down 1.59 percent at Rs.1,451.

Ek Tha Tiger brings Rs 33 crore on opening day

Ek Tha Tiger is the first Indian film to earn Rs 33 crore on the opening day. Salman has been successful to deliver again after back-to-back super hits such as "Wanted", "Dabangg", "Ready" and "Bodyguard". The film cost is more than Rs 50 crore and in the first two days it collected Rs 47 crore all over India. It is directed by Kabir Khan who has associated with Yash Raj films for the third time after "Kabul Express" in 2006 and "New York" in 2009.

Twitter announces changes in its API

Twitter has made an announcement of changes to its API so as to create a "more consistent Twitter experience". The developers will need to incorporate them within six months or risk being left out. The developers will have to verify their identity in order to use the API. This will stop the anonymous access to Twitter's API thus putting an end to its malicious use. Bots will not get an entry with this process. Further the developers' endpoint access rate to Twitter's API will be limited that to 60 calls per hour from the earlier 350 calls per hour by apps accessing one endpoint. Those accessing multiple points will have a higher limit. There will be a 720-calls-per-hour limit for Tweet profile display, user look-up and for other functions. Developers will also need to display the site's tweets properly. Apps will have to  link username to profile, show retweet buttons, replies and favorite and reduce tweets to the appropriate size for each device's display

Dipika creates history reaches Gold Series semis

India's Dipika Pallikal became the first Indian to enter the semifinals of a Gold Series event by winning straight sets over American Amanda Sobhy at the Australian Squash Open.After she defeated sixth seeded Frenchwoman Camille Serme, Dipika played exceptionally well in her quarterfinal against Amanda, who had earlier defeated World No.3 Jenny Duncalf in the pre-quarters here at the National Convention Centre. Dipika in her third appearance posted a 11-5, 11-7, 12-10 win over the 19-year-old Amanda.

Assamese leaving Maharashtra, panic subsides in Karnataka

The mass exodus of the people from northeast has reduced in Karnataka but has started in Maharashtra.At least 1500 people from the northeast staying in Maharashtra have returned to their home states after miscreants attacked some of them. 300 Assamese left from Pune and Nashik each and 400 from Mumbai. Pune Assistant Commissioner of Police Sanjeev Singhal stated there was no reason for people from the northeast to leave. He said there were some MMSes being circulated which had influenced the people. 10 students were brutally beaten last week which had spread panic among the community. Police have arrested 13 people who are linked with these incidents.  On the other hand from Karnataka as many as 5,000 men and women, mainly students, professionals and workers, left for Guwahati in two special trains from Bangalore. This has caught the authorities unaware. There was panic among this community after a rumour spread that on Eid they would be targeted for avenging the killings of Muslims by the tribals in Assam.

Petition in SC against Mamata, HC asks media to submit affidavit

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's remarks on corruption in judiciary has resulted in a petition being filed in the Supreme Court which seeks the initiation of contempt of court proceedings against her. This petition was filed by Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party chairman Bhim Singh. The petition specifies that the remark made by the Chief Minister implies to  "scandalising" the judiciary which had "lowered the authority of the judiciary as a whole". She can be dragged to the court under Article 129 of the constitution as stated by Bhim Singh. The petition also requests to make the entire record of her speech available. Mamata Banerjee made this remark during the state assembly's platinum jubilee celebrations on August 14 where she alleged corruption among a section of the judiciary. This came a day after the state human rights commission imposed a Rs.50,000 fine on police for arresting a Jadavpur University professor, Ambikesh Mahapatra, in April on charges of circulation of e-mails containing cartoons on the chief minister and other Trinamool Congress leaders. 

The Calcutta High Court has acknowledged a plea of contempt against her and has asked four media houses, who had reported on this, to file affidavits within three weeks which confirms that Mamata Banerjee in her recent speech spoke on corruption in the judiciary. Mamata Banerjee accused the media of distorting her statement and has said she will defend her case as she was a lawyer herself. 

Maruti's Manesar plant to resume production next week

 Maruti Suzuki stated that it will resume production at its violence-hit Manesar factory from Aug 21, 2012. Initial production will be of just 150 cars daily with a strength of 300 workers. This is after some 34 days when violence erupted in the company's plant in Manesar. It led to loss of life of a senior official and injuries to 96 supervisors and managers. There was a loss of nearly Rs.10 crore due to the violence, but production losses were much more and ran into crores of rupees as the work in the plant was stopped which was manufacturing nearly 1,700 vehicles per day. The plant had 120,000 bookings alone for the company's popular hatchback, Swift.

India adds 1.7 mn GSM subscribers while Uninor loses 1.1 mn

India's GSM subscriber base grew by 0.25 percent in July adding 1.7 million new users, as per the data released by Cellular Operators Association of India. Bharti Airtel added 1.5 million subscribers which resulted in its total users numbers to 189 million. There were 679 million GSM subscribers in the country in July as against 677.35 million in June. Vodafone added 1.2 million subscribers for a total of 155 million subscribers. Idea Cellular's total subscribers base went up to 118 million after it added 0.5 million users while  Aircel added 0.3 million subscribers for a total of 65 million users. Uninor lost 1.1 million subscribers and it has stopped activation of any new subscribers in the four circles-Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Odisha. It stands to lose its licence following the Supreme Court's orders on Feb 2. 


Teaser of SRK-Katrina starrer out without any title

 The much awaited first teaser of Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma starrer, directed by Yash Chopra, is out but what interests the viewers is that it has been launched without a title.The teaser named "A Yash Chopra Romance"  which compiles clippings from his  blockbusters like  "Waqt", "Deewar", "Kabhi Kabhie", "Silsila", "Dil Toh Pagal Hai", "Veer Zara", among others finally ends with the promo of the new movie which will release on November 13. It shows snapshot of Shah Rukh, Katrina and Anushka. Yash Raj Films may reveal the title after the final schedule of the film in Kashmir and Ladakh ends. 

Toyota to increase prices of cars in India from September

Toyota has announced that from September, prices of Toyota cars in India will rise by around 1.5% and this would be effective for all vehicles in their entire range offered in India. The company stated that the price increase could not be avoided as the company has to balance rupee devaluation. The price increase is the second time this year for the same reasons. Margins are reducing and as the company has to import components and transmissions for their models produced in India this move has become necessary. The price increase will be effective from 1st September 2012 and will reflect in the prices of Liva hatchback, Etios sedan, Innova MUV, Corolla Altis sedan and Fortuner SUV.



India upset leaders Spain: IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind

In the TATA 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind, India 'A' scored a surprising 2.5 - 1.5 win over Spain to get into second spot. Spain still shared the lead along with Russia at 10 match points. At the third spot were India 'A', Russia and Ukraine at 9 match points. Next were Germany, United Kingdom and Serbia at 8 match points. 

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